Last year I put up some Halloween-friendly tracks, like Werewolf Bar Mitzvah and Vincent Price's original reading for Thriller. Here's 2 more for this year...
Pharmacom ~ Dracular's Revenge
Bobby Pickett ~ Monster Mash LP
*via Universal Horror Sounds
ps- Just found out that some nerdy nerd made a video accompaniment to Kid Koala's "I Gotta Rock" bit.
I'm re-blogging this from the Lab blog. Gay I know but it really is so good. I try not to love everything Andy Samberg does so that he won't get a big head, but his hit/miss ratio is pretty fucking strong and the Marky Mark Talking To Animals and this are starting to put him over the top:
ps- anyone know where I can watch that Weekend Update where he plays Sanjaya covering the Kinks? Can't find it anywhere anymore...
OK I literally recorded the song off YouTube because it's been stuck in me and my roommate's head for the last 2 days. I was trying to rip it from the NBC site b/c I assume there's less compression and it's from the original file, but all that buffering/streaming nonsense makes it impossible to hear all the way through uninterrupted. If SNL had any brains at all they would start selling the Digital Shorts on iTunes. Anyways it sounds all compressed and is shitty etc but now I can hear it whenever I want, and so can you.
I'm back from my ancestral homeland, and for no reason whatsoever, I'm going to put up the 12" mix of Material Girl. This song reminds me of this girl I was crazy about -- every time we went out she would request this song without fail from the DJ (BTW we were completely incompatible). This is Jellybean's remix, with open drums at the beginning, plus some nice synth/vocoder breakdowns that you can hotcue to your heart's content. Serato changing da game, son!
Madonna ~ Material Girl (Jellybean Dance Remix)
According to Brian, the way Legion of Rock Stars record is that each musician puts on a pair of headphones and performs one part of the song (guitar, vocals, drums etc) but all the players don't get to hear each other play. The result is usually an unlistenable mess that is sometimes brilliant.
Their version of Danzig's Mother was what originally sold me on them, but their version of Journey's Any Way You Want It was what put them over the top.
In a word, ridiculous.
I put up a bunch of records on my wall the other day and I was all "you know what? Only records with PINK covers this time" and I went through my collection trying to find some that would work. Obvs you have Miss You by the Stones (plus it's on pink vinyl son!) and Ecstasy by Endgames, but apparently the Belinda Carlisle Mad About You 12 is also pink? Can anyone think of anymore?
De La Soul ~ Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge) Extended Mix
BTW I'm going to Beijing til the 26th, so I might not get to get too much blogging done while I"m out there. I'm gonna miss the WMFU record fair (sad emoticon) but I'll be back in time to play Werewolf Bar Mitzvah!
Velvet Underground: A Short Play Inspired By True Life
(17 year old Canadian intern at MTV walks into my desk area, wearing a White Light/White Heat Tshirt)
WOODY (in the style of the song): White light, white heat!
17 YEAR OLD CANADIAN INTERN: Oh, you know this band?
WOODY: (stunned silence)
We called that intern "Velvet" for the rest of the time he was there.
VU ~ Candy Says
VU ~ Stephanie Says
In case you didn't already know, Mix Club rules the schools.
MIX CLUB OCTOBER 2008
pulp ~ death goes to the disco
daft punk ~ daftendirekt
elastica ~ 2:1
michna ~ bumper car masters
john dahlback ~ honeywell
cowboy junkies ~ sweet jane
teddy pendergrass ~ believe in love
simian mobile disco ~ I believe
black box ~ strike it up
muscles ~ sweaty (shazam rmx)
rqm ~ miss pacman (oliver $ rmx)
brooklyn express ~ change position (88)
flying lotus ~ parisian goldfish
weezer ~ getchoo
suicide ~ ghost rider
the ettes ~ you can't do that to me
violent femmes ~ prove my love
bone-thugs-n-harmony ~ wind blow
the flesh ~ the cradle, the brothel and the bible school
portishead ~ the rip
soft cel ~ say hello, wave goodbye
You are killing me.
If you've ever done any video production work for MTV then you'll know all about Pump Audio music. It's basically a hard drive with about 700 gigs of generic background music, by studio hacks, in every possible genre and style. The whole point is that it's license-free music to fill up silence. That's it. It's made to be bland and unassuming, and if you work in TV long enough it gets to the point that you'll start recognizing Pump Audio songs in online/TV shows, commercials, etc. I swear I was watching a Taco Bell commercial once and I was like "oooh they're using Trippin (Medium Mix) by Brian Shaw... I hope the PA for this commercial did his cue sheets cuz if he didn't that's a few thousand bucks the Shaw-man ain't gettin y'heard!"
Something TRAGIC about Pump Audio:
A lot of new Pump Audio tracks are blatant rip-offs of popular hip-hop instrumentals, obviously because if you want the new Game song playing in the background while your VJ tells the audience to log on to mtv.clusterfuck.com, then you're going to have to pay a bunch of money for it. So basically they have these dudes sitting around listening to the shitty new Game instrumental, and then they sit down and record an even shittier, more generic version of it.
Something KIND OF FUNNY about Pump Audio:
I think there's actually a bunch of established musicians who were at one point or still do write music specifically for Pump. Actually I'm not sure if this is TRAGIC or KIND OF FUNNY I guess they're both sort of interchangeable when the final product is intended to be mediocre. Anyways I remember once I saw that we used a song in this show that was written by none other than Chris Ballew (the lead guy from Presidents of the USA).
The alternatives to using Pump are no better. You can either use shittier Pump knock-offs (basically a more watered down version of an already watered down music library) such as Master Source or Extreme, or you can look at MTV's "Selects List."
The Selects list is a list of music from established artists that it's free to use. The list is also woefully out of date and subject to whatever label MTV has signed a deal with at that moment, so you'll see things like every song by Sting, Anthrax, and Better Than Ezra (surprisingly there's quite a few) but almost zero songs from the last 5 years.
Anyways to try to have non-shitty music in the background of any MTV show is basically an impossibility. However, I found one! They used this in an episode of the current Real World/Road Rules challenge (and also in an episode of Living Lohan). When I heard it I was like "hey this is good!" I'm aware that I am openly admitting that MTV turned me on to this, which is lame, but not as lame as the fact that probably this is some internet/Brooklyn darling buzz band that 'Sup magazine has already interviewed like 7 months ago.
The Ettes ~ You Can't Do That To Me
Here's 2 italo disco songs from Five Letters. I only know about this group because they were on the Disco Italia comp on Strut, but whatever it's the 21st Century, up is down, wikipedia is the dictionary, and British reissue labels are the older guy who kind of doesn't get it but will sometimes turn you onto neat music. I am a child of the future!
The song featured on the Strut comp is a nice chunky italo number with Loose Joints drums and extra horn fanfare, and it convinced me to pick up the Got Got Money album at A1 yesterday. The cover alone is a strong enough selling point, to say nothing of the fact that it's on Malligator and distributed by Uniwave???
Jesus that's like saying Hunter S Thompson is your godfather and Charles Bukowski is your rabbi.
Five Letters ~ Tha Kee Tha Tha
Five Letters ~ Magnifico Mambo
Way more old-schooly than his last mix... Also Nick you stole my unique and brilliant idea of putting Baby Oliver on a mixtape... except I put it over the Staple Singers. WHO WINS???
Nick Hook ~ Presented With Taste 2
*the most recent mix club.
*wait, what's mix club?